A France-Ireland meeting on carbohydrates in NUI Galway [fr]
Last November, French and Irish scientists met in NUI Galway to discuss about their research works about potential avenues of cooperation in glycoscience, the science of carbohydrates.
Towards a new France-Ireland collaboration in the field of glycoscience?
Glycoscience is the science and technology of carbohydrates, which are the most abundant biological molecules on Earth and make up part of the biology of all living organismes.
It has applications in pharmaceuticals and personalised medicine, food and biomaterials.
Last November, French and Irish scientists met at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) to exchange and discuss about their research works and potential ways of collaborating. This meeting builds on the strong relationships between France and Ireland, as Dr. Marc Daumas, Science Attaché (Embassy of France in Irlande) and Prof. Lokesh Joshi, Vice President for Research (NUI Galway) in their opening addresses.
Three researchers had come from France for that specific occasion: Dr. Anne Imberty (Director of Glycoscience at CNRS-CERMAV, Grenoble), who described her work on molecular engineering of bacterial proteins, Dr. Serge Perez (Director of Research Emeritus at CNRS-CERMAV) presented recent developments of the online glyco research tools for glycoscientists and Dr. Isabelle Compagnon (Lecturer, University Lyon 1) who, with her background in physics, looks into resolving the intricate details of complex carbohydrate structures.
On the Irish side, Dr. Elisa Fadda (Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at NUI Maynooth) presented her work aimed at understanding the complex relationships between sugar molecular conformations and the proteins. Dr. Stephen Cunningham (Advanced Glycoscience Research Cluster (AGRC), NUI Galway) presented his work aiming at improving the range of tools available to glycoscientists, and Prof. Paul Murphy (Department of Chemistry, NUI Galway) showed a variety of novel synthetic carbohydrate structures with promising therapeutic potential. To close the day, Dr. Michelle Kilcoyne, Lecturer in Glycoscience who leads the Carbohydrate Signalling Group (NUI Galway), presented her work centred on the use of panels of carbohydrates and their receptor molecules in the exploration and exploitation of carbohydrate-mediated bacterial interactions.